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Bees at the bottom of the garden,
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Bees at the bottom of the garden By Alan Campion, illustrated by Gay Hodgson
If I were asked to recommend one book for the novice beekeeper this would be it. Campion has distilled a large amount of information and presented it in an easy to understand manner. The drawings by Gay Hodgson bring the text to life.
Campion begins with an introduction to the honeybee and the equipment needed to keep them successfully. Choice of hive, siting of the colony and relevant aspects of bee biology are described succinctly.
He then goes on to describe the management of the colony throughout the year and what management steps need to be taken. His description of swarm control with diagrams is very easy to understand.
Diseases of bees are covered briefly but enough information is given for the beginner to understand, and gives guidance on seeking expert help.
I particularly liked his breakdown of the beekeeping year, which shows what the bees, and beekeeper can be expected to do throughout the season.
In my opinion this is an ideal book for the beginner and anyone interested in beekeeping
Mike Bain North Shropshire Beekeepers Association
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Initial post: 29 Oct 2012 13:31:11 GMT
Our association has been using this book with beginners for years. I agree that the way it splits up the beekeeping year is very useful. It is also easy to understand. It could do with a bit more emphasis on hygiene and varroa perhaps? The question is whether with the new BBKA book and the Wooton book this year, this should still be the standard bearer ten years on?
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